Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service (“HMCTS”) have made some changes to the fee remission system. From 28 October 2015, the fee remission process changed its name to “Help with Fees” and a new 'Help with Fees form', called the EX160, is now available online. Applicants will need to make a self-assessment of their eligibility for Help with Fees and the requirement for every applicant to submit paperwork (such as bank statements and payslips) to support their request for Help with Fees has been removed. HMCTS will check directly with the Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) whether an applicant is on the qualifying benefits, and will also check whether an applicant's income makes them eligible for help with their fees.
Employment Partner Kate Fretten explains, "It is possible that some applicants may still be asked to supply paperwork as part of their application process and therefore it is important that applicants continue to keep records of their pay, benefits and savings just in case they are required."
Our Employment Team, based in Christchurch, also cover Bournemouth, Poole and the New Forest. For a free initial chat, please call 01202 499255 and Kate or a member of the team will be happy to discuss any questions that you may have.